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Learning Support Care Program
We know there are a lot of families who feel anxious about their educational choices this fall. Some parents can’t take off work or prefer an alternative that we didn’t see offered anywhere else. That’s why we’ve launched our award-winning STEM education and our over 100,000 hours of COVID care expertise to support your K-8th grade students’ educational goals this fall. Whether you need learning support care for Wednesdays only, drop in virtual learning support 2-5 days a week, or tutoring to help your learners stay caught up, our award-winning STEM Instructors and specialty tutors will work with your children to help complete their virtual learning requirements or continue the promise of learning. Read more about how our Discovery Center Support Care is set up to perfectly support Springfield Public Schools fall semester re-entry program, as well as virtual learners from any district.
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Care Options and Costs
|Wednesday Only Support Care||$40 per week||K-8th|
|5 Day Virtual Support Care (1-5 days)||$40 per day||K-8th|
|Tutoring||$25 an hour, scholarships available for free tutoring||K-12th|
- Registration for Wednesday only care requires a commitment from November 11-December 23 from 7:45 am – 5:15 pm (Springfield Public School’s Second Quarter). Because costs for the program continue regardless of attendance, we cannot provide refunds or credits for any absences.
- Virtual Support Care requires a quarter long commitment and a choice of 1-5 days with set attendance days. (IE-if you choose 2 days a week, they must be the same 2 days every week)
- Learning Support Care is for students in any local school district in grades Kindergarten – 8th grade.
Learning Support Definitions:
Wednesday Only Care– On Wednesdays, a Springfield Public School teacher will lead live online instruction and engage with students virtually while receiving support care at the Discovery Center.
5 Day Virtual Support Care- A Springfield Public School teacher will lead live online instruction and engage with students virtually while receiving support care at the Discovery Center. Parents will choose 1-5 days of virtual support on set days a week and maintain those days. For example, a 2 day a week virtual support schedule will need to attend the SAME 2 days every week.
Support care is only available to students without an IEP or a 504 plan. Parents can request an exception to this policy with a full record release and review. Because this is support care, we are only accepting students that are enrolled in an online or blended learning model through their school. Students will be required to bring their own technology (tablet, Chromebook, etc.). Only internet access and outlets to charge devices will be provided.
What happens if I need more/less days of learning support care?
This is a quarter-long financial commitment. Registration is for November 11 – December 23. Because of the nature of this care, we are unable to issue refunds, credits, or exchanges of any kind. Additional days of care may be possible with advance notification as space allows.
What if my child has a health condition that makes masking difficult/impossible?
We know that you want to respect our team as much as we want them to show you and your family respect, and because we’re a science center, we’re following the best scientific evidence available to us and following the lead of Springfield Public Schools for masking in the classroom. The current data tells us that masks likely prevent the spread of viruses like COVID-19. Every person in the building will be required to wear a mask throughout the day. There will be times when we allow students or staff to remove their masks, such as eating or outdoor recess.
How many individuals (children/staff) will my child be around daily?
We are limiting our cohorts to 10 students each with a robust safety protocol that limits interaction with other cohorts throughout the day. Each class will have one adult instructor, one site support care lead, and one education program lead that will be helping on any given day; however, other support staff, including a nurse, counselor, etc. may need to interact with a student or a classroom from time to time.
Do you have scholarship opportunities?
We are constantly searching for, writing, and submitting grants to help families receive discounted learning opportunities. At this time, we do not have any secured scholarship funds. If you would like to apply for an income-based discount or full scholarship, please complete the following form. We are expecting to receive an overwhelming number of scholarship applications, so we ask you do not call or email to check on the status of your application. If we have scholarship opportunities, they are awarded on a first come, first served basis and recipients are notified before the end of the work week prior to the scholarship opportunity with a discount code to be used at the time of registration.
Do members get discounts?
No, these services are outside of our member program and are designed to meet an emerging community need. In order to keep costs as low as possible, we need to have consistent revenue numbers per student enrollment.
What nutrition services do you offer?
At this time, we are expecting to be able to serve breakfast to all students and are working with partners to provide free lunch options, as well; however, families should remain prepared to send a lunch and snack with their children.
Are you able to accommodate my child’s (allergy/special educational need/behavioral support)?
We will be able to accommodate some allergies, but those will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Support care is only available to students without an IEP or a 504 plan. Parents can request an exception to this policy with a full record release and review.
What are your COVID-19 safety procedures?
With over 100,000 hours in COIVD care, we have been a trailblazer in crisis childcare and are frequently asked to serve as a consultant for other childcare facilities looking to reopen. Here is a small sample of our enhanced safety procedures that we utilize every day in the Center:
- Our staff will continuously clean restrooms, transition areas, and high-touch areas, throughout the day, enhancing our already stringent cleaning standards.
- All of our staff are required to wear masks at all times and will have their temperature checked when reporting to work. Staff experiencing any sign of illness will not be allowed to report to work. As an added, unmatched safety measure, all staff and students are not allowed in the building while on fever reducing medicine such as ibuprofen or Tylenol.
- Students and staff will wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before entry, transitioning, masking changes, and meals.
- Some areas will close briefly throughout the day for sanitizing.
- Classes will remain as stable cohorts to eliminate contact with other classrooms. Using logistics controls similar to air traffic control, students will only enter clean transition spaces, and staff will limit contact with students that are not a part of their cohort.
How will you handle a COVID-19 exposure?
Our goal will always be to provide a timely and comprehensive response in the event of a confirmed COVID-19 exposure through transparent communication while protecting the legal obligation to protect the privacy of individuals affected. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have worked side by side with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department to develop procedures to best protect students and staff within our facility:
- DCS staff are trained on how to isolate symptomatic students or staff and will cooperate fully with helping the Springfield-Greene County Health Department with contact tracing efforts
- Springfield-Greene County Health Department will notify the Discovery Center of any potential exposure to COVID-19 in our facility and we will support the Health Department in their work
- Anyone determined to be at potential risk for exposure will be contacted directly and will receive appropriate guidance from Springfield-Greene County Health Department, and we will notify families of students who have had close contact with any individual testing positive
- It is your responsibility as a parent to notify the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and the Discovery Center as soon as you believe your child has been exposed to COVID-19 and/or tests positive for COVID-19
- The Discovery Center will follow the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s direction for quarantine. The COVID-positive or quarantined individual may return to support care once meeting health department and CDC guidelines. Because costs for the program continue regardless of attendance, we cannot provide refunds or credits for any absences including voluntary or mandatory quarantine. Please keep this in mind when deciding if your child is healthy enough to attend our support care program as we are all in this together both in terms of health and finances
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